Midwest Energy News

Illinois bill would promote solar, storage at former coal plants

POLICY: Ohio Republicans introduce a bill that would provide subsidies for two nuclear plants while defunding renewable energy and efficiency programs. (Energy News Network)

COAL: The owner of a fleet of southern Illinois coal plants supports state legislation that would provide funding to repurpose them for solar and energy storage. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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SOLAR:
• For every solar project moving forward under the state’s renewable energy credit lottery system, many more are stalled on a waitlist. (Greentech Media)
• A bill backed by Iowa’s largest utility to add fees for solar customers faces an uncertain future and has emerged as one of the most polarizing issues of the legislative session. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, Des Moines Register)
• A city councilman in northern Ohio says solar co-ops can help promote a local Green New Deal. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• Utilities pursue a potential solar project at a central Wisconsin airport. (Waushara Argus)

WIND:
• Residents in rural Wisconsin are divided over plans for a 24-turbine wind project. (Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)
• Kansas met 36% of its energy needs with wind power in 2018, according to an industry report. (KSNT)

CARBON CAPTURE: Plans move forward for a carbon capture project at a western North Dakota ethanol plant. (Bismarck Tribune)

OVERSIGHT: A Wisconsin Public Service Commission member pushes back on criticism that a two-member board will lead to gridlock. (WisBusiness.com)

CYBERSECURITY: Michigan is recognized in a new report for regulators’ efforts to address cybersecurity threats. (E&E News, subscription)

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FRACKING: Researchers say a new 10-year study on the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing “should be of serious concern to policymakers interested in protecting public health.” (Environmental Health News)

BIOFUELS: Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley seeks more information from the Trump administration on waivers for small oil refineries to avoid ethanol-blending mandates. (E&E News, subscription)

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